The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, January 24, 2002, Image 14

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Check out a complete listing of classes at i Thursday, January 24, 2002 THE BATTAL Hamas threatens ‘all-out war NABLUS, West Bank (AP) — Threatening bloody revenge, Islamic militants and supporters of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat marched side-by-side Wednesday in the funeral procession for Hamas members killed in an Israeli commando raid, including one of the group’s top terror masterminds. Hamas said it would unleash “all-out war” in retaliation for the killing of four members of its military wing, Izzedine al Qassam. Israel, in turn, said it would respond to a shooting spree by a Palestinian gunman who killed two women and wounded 14 bystanders in downtown Jerusalem on Tuesday. Israel’s new military intelligence chief, Maj. Gen. Aharon Zeevi- Farkash, told legislators that Israel must brace for a wave of Palestinian attacks “worse than what we have experienced so far in Israeli cities,” the Yediot Ahronot daily said. In a phone call Wednesday, Arafat asked Secretary of State Colin Powell to send U.S. envoy Anthony Zinni back to the region. However, State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said there are no such plans. Palestinian officials said it was the first such phone call in 15 days. The four Hamas members were killed before dawn Tuesday in an Israeli commando raid on their hideout and explosives lab in the West Bank town of Nablus. When the Hamas men realized they were surrounded by Israeli forces, they detonated a bomb that inadvertently blew open the door to the apartment, military sources said. The commandos killed the four with handguns equipped with silencers, according to Yediot. Three men were killed in the sleeping quarters and one in the bathroom. Among the dead was Yousef Soragji, 42, leader of the Hamas military wing in the West Bank and a mastermind of several suicide bombings in Israel. More than 15,000 people on Wednesday attended the func Soragji and two other men killed in the hideout. “We will not our eyes until we see your reprisal.” the crowd chanted, asg fired in air. The march was led by activists from Hamas andth Aqsa Brigades, a militia linked to Arafat’s Fatah movement. Maj. Gen. Yitzhak Eitan. a West Bank army commander, v explosives lab was the biggest ever uncovered by Israeli forces, said the commandos found bomb belts, chemicals and a large tity of weapons “intended for terrorist attacks in the nearfut® Violence with a vengeance Both Israelis and Palestinians have blamed each other for the cycle of attacks and retaliation, which returned after severs of relative calm. Since September 2000, 902 have died on tfw Palestinian side and 256 on the Israeli side. 5c B Israeli Palestinian Total deaths In West Bank, Gaza and Israel 160 140 HH 120 ■ BB 100 80 60 Hi lore thr* ■purchase ■roved legents at ’ayon at W ■ hc prc - ■M’s out. Jnsversity''-^ o _ Sop Oct Nov Dec Jen Feb Mar Apr 2000 2001 * As ot Jan 23 ay SOURCE Associated Press Ag5 Australia officials investigate spilHice SYDNEY, Australia (AP) — Officials investigating a large spill of radioactive waste at a uranium mine in the Australian outback found there have been 24 other leaks at the site. Details of the leaks, which were not publicly disclosed at the time, have prompted the South Australian state government to review reporting procedures of all such spills, officials told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The officials said the leaks were not considered harmful to the public. Earlier this month, some 15,600 gallons of radioactive fluid leaked from a pipe at the Beverley uranium mine, 370 miles north of the state capital, Adelaide. The spill was not publicly disclosed until more than 24 hours later. Mine operator, Heathgate Resources, said the liquid was com- • £ H B posed of salty ground water, sulfuric acid, uranium ant was “naturally radioactive.” A spokesman. Stephen Middletw. the spill was contained in a drain surrounding the complex arc posed no threat to the environment, the public or mine xuirfe jj^xas At The I I spill bnuighi c.ills ir.nn en\ ironmenialistsfbrfcBi'g lhe sure of the mine, located in an isolated, sparsely populateddese- J$jversity A full report into the spill and conditions under which the Be omes to t mine could resume commercial operations would be releasedL ehi les. A; week, said a spokeswoman for the South Australia state mines nr m)f the u Investigations after the spill found there have been 24otti at the mine over the last two years, three of which were more than 520 gallons, government officials said. All thesp considered minor and were not harmful to the public. 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